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The 2022 GOES Virtual Science Fair (VSF) will be accepting projects from October 2021 to May 2022. Students can participate and submit individual projects from home or in small teams with classmates. The main requirement is using data from GOES-16 or GOES-17 to investigate weather and natural hazards. There will be three winning teams OR individuals: middle school, high school or grades 13/14 (community college or university).

Students from the winning teams will receive $25 gift cards.

Contact: Margaret Mooney, margaret.mooney@ssec.wisc.edu

Audience:
K-12 educators
K-12 students
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Events & conferences
Event

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Graduate Fellowships support students entering their first year in graduate school through $25,000 stipends and partial support to attend the annual AMS national meeting. Applicants must be seeking degrees in the fields of atmospheric sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, hydrology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. NOAA's Climate Program Office provides funding to support three AMS graduate fellows per year.

Contact: Donna Fernandez, dfernandez@ametsoc.org

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Each summer, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, in partnership with the Chesapeake Research Consortium, offers several paid summer internships primarily geared toward current undergraduate students. Internships focus on scientific field research to resource management and policy.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

Summer research opportunities are available for 10-12 undergraduate interns through the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Sciences (CICOES). Interns are matched with a research project within one of CICOES nine research themes and work with a CICOES, NOAA, or University of Washington (UW) scientist at either the UW campus or the NOAA Northwest Regional Center in Seattle. Students will receive a stipend of $600 per week ($5,400 for the summer). CICOES also covers the cost of travel to and from Seattle and provides housing on the University of Washington campus.

Contact: Jed Thompson, jedthom@uw.edu

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is hosting a week-long residential summer camp for high school students (since 1991!). Due to COVID-19 safety considerations, CIMSS is creating an online learning experience for summer 2021. For the week of June 21-24, 2021, CIMSS invites high school students to join them virtually to learn about basic meteorology, satellite remote sensing, severe weather, and climate change. Tune in to daily weather briefs to enter the Friday weather forecast contest.

Contact: Margaret Mooney, margaret.mooney@ssec.wisc.edu

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Camp

The Verner E. Suomi Scholarship Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences is a $2,000 scholarship opportunity for college-bound high school seniors. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) invites applications for the 2021 Verner E. Suomi Scholarship.

Contact: Margaret Mooney, margaret.mooney@ssec.wisc.edu

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Scholarship

This program provides an opportunity for recent graduates of master's and Ph.D. programs to work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. Applicants are eligible if they have graduated within two years of the program start date, or will graduate prior to the program start date. Recipients are matched with projects proposed by state coastal zone management programs and selected by NOAA. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) summer research internships is open to both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week paid research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

This program provides an opportunity for recent graduates of master's and Ph.D. programs to work with Digital Coast Partnership organizations to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Scholarship

Endangered Species Day (the third Friday in May) is an annual day of celebration for the public to learn about endangered and threatened species and what we can all do to help them. Every May-June, NOAA Fisheries participates in several Endangered Species Day events and also holds their own annual Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. 

Important dates: Art contest entries are due in the spring of each year.

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Event

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship
Scholarship

The Geosciences Bridge Program offers a 6- week paid internship for graduating high school students, particularly from underrepresented groups, planning to pursue careers in a field of geoscience. The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, 1 course for college credit (math), bi-weekly seminars, housing, meals, travel to and from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a stipend. The program introduces high school seniors to ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, and geographic information systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing techniques. The activities provided and experience on campus strengthen students’ knowledge of mathematics, teach them life skills that will prepare them for college life, and enhance their academic performance through advisement, social support, and tutorial services.

Audience:
K-12 students
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

Through a collaboration with Woods Hole Sea Grant offsite link, the Girls in Science fellows will join researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offsite link to study the ecology and behavior of dolphins. Fellows will analyze recordings collected from hydrophones — underwater microphones — to collect data on these animals’ distinctive whistles, which function somewhat like human names. These data will be used to study questions such as whether dolphins produce more whistles during the day vs. at night and whether certain dolphins have favorite associates with whom they spend most of their time. This information is not currently known and will help inform future research.

The week-long fellowship promotes diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and exposes young women to a variety of marine careers.

Who is eligible?: Current sophomore and junior women from Massachusetts high schools.

When: Two sessions will be offered: August 7-13, 2022 and August 14-20, 2022

Fully-funded opportunity: This program is offered at no cost to the fellows. Food, travel, and accommodations will be provided.

Application deadline: March 23, 2022

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

GLOBE is excited to host the 2021 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS)! The IVSS is a way for primary through undergraduate students from all GLOBE countries to showcase their research and hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment. It's time for your students to show the world what they've learned!

Important date: The IVSS informational webinar offsite link is on October 7, 2020, at 11 am Eastern.

Audience:
K-12 students
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Event

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) administers an annual Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). This program helps place promising undergraduate (junior or senior as of Fall 2021*) and graduate students with both academic and federal research mentors. Through this program, students work on substantive research issues in the Great Lakes and undergo a career training program that equips them with the knowledge and skills to be the next generation of Great Lakes scientists. We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship
Program

Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internships (IN FISH) is a program offered in a partnership with NOAA’s research partners in academia and non-governmental research institutions. IN FISH is a 10-week paid undergraduate internship that provides course work, career-building activities, and a research or management project with a mentor in a NOAA lab or office, or in a lab with one the IN FISH partner institutions. The 2022 IN FISH! program will run from June 1 through August 13, beginning with an orientation and a two–week course (“Complex Systems and Ecosystems Dynamics”) offered at the NOAA Fisheries laboratory in Sandy Hook New Jersey. Two-hours of academic credit are available through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After the course, IN FISH interns will be in residency at their assigned research lab or office. IN FISH provides a $5,000 stipend and also covers travel, lodgings, food, tuition and course supplies. If pandemic conditions make residency impossible, the 2022 IN FISH program will be offered virtually.  Applications are due in mid-February, 2022

Questions: Contact
NEFSC.APO@noaa.gov

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: epp.usp@noaa.gov

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship
Scholarship

LiMPETS is a citizen science program that monitors the coastal ecosystems of California and helps youth develop a scientific understanding of the ocean. LiMPETS monitors the biology in rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems and aims to provide publicly accessible, scientifically sound, long-term data to inform marine resource management and the scientific community.

Audience:
K-12 students
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Event

Bring the excitement of deep sea exploration LIVE to your classroom, science center, or community events! Shipboard interaction capabilities aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus enable students or the public to engage in a unique two-way, live Q&A dialogue with scientists, engineers, and educators of the Corps of Exploration. Live interactions are available free to any classroom or community audiences to introduce learners to the excitement of ocean exploration and increase access to career role models, thanks to the support of Ocean Exploration Trust's (OET) education partners.

The team will be exploring with seafloor mapping and remotely operated vehicle dives throughout Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and around the Hawaiian islands from March 14 to mid-October 2022.


Contact Kelly Moran, OET Education Program Coordinator, with questions: kelly@oet.org

Audience:
K-12 educators
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Online
Event

A two year fellowship program that places graduate students at the national estuarine research reserves. Through a research project, fellows address a key reserve management need to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. In their application, fellows propose a research project and reserve where they would complete the project. The fellows’ projects may influence future policy and management strategies. Specific fellowship benefits include cross-discipline research, networking opportunities, professional mentoring, and career-readiness training.
Deadline: December of every other year
Length: Two years

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant (MITSG) are pleased to jointly invite qualified individuals to submit applications for the Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship.

The purpose of this fellowship is to support exceptional prospective graduate students who are engaged in coastal and marine research that furthers the goals of the Woods Hole Sea Grant and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant programs. Two (2) two-year Graduate Student Fellowships will be awarded, with a maximum Sea Grant support of $40,000/year for a total of $80,000 for stipend and tuition costs for each Fellow over the two-year period. Fellowships will require a match of $1 of non-federal funds for every $2 of federal Sea Grant funds requested.

Contact: Jennie Rheuban, Research Coordinator, WHSG: seagrant-research@whoi.edu

Important date: Applications close 4:30 pm Eastern Time, Friday, October 1, 2021

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include students that a) are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or joint bachelor’s/master’s program, or b) are not currently enrolled in any graduate program and plan to attend a graduate program in Fall 2022 in Massachusetts.

Audience:
Undergraduate
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Local and regional school groups visit NOAA Fisheries’ Milford Laboratory for a day of lab visits in Milford, Connecticut. The Milford Laboratory also collaborates with two regional aquaculture high schools on shellfish and fish aquaculture.

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Event
Program

The fellowship program creates seven two-year positions at institutions in coral reef states and territories. Each position has its own distinct work plan, responding to specific needs for increased coral reef management capacity in each coral reef jurisdiction and provides training and professional development opportunities. Fellows will work on issues affecting U.S. coral reef ecosystems including climate change, land-based sources of pollution and fishing.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

The National Weather Service (NWS) National School Outreach team is ready to teach and answer your students' weather questions. Whether it is learning about weather basics, severe weather, the sun or space weather, or any other topic the teacher needs covered, the NWS, through Google Meet, Zoom, or Skype, jumps into the classroom to help teach these topics to elementary through high school students.

Contact: NWS El Paso Meteorologist Tim Brice: tim.brice@noaa.gov.

Audience:
K-12 educators
Informal educators
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Online
Event

This program provides support for graduate students working toward a Ph.D. in fisheries population dynamics or in marine resource, natural resource, or environmental economics. Two to four fellowships in each of the two areas of study are generally awarded each year. The fellowship was established in 1999 and is sponsored by the NOAA Fisheries and the National Sea Grant College Program.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Strengthen understanding of climate variability and change. Work alongside scientists at major U.S. universities and organizations. Climate and Global Change fellows are hosted by mentoring scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions to work on questions of mutual interest. The program supports research on climate variations with time scales of seasons to centuries.

Audience:
Postdoc
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

This program provides interdisciplinary opportunities that enable the next generation of ocean explorers to increase their competitiveness in ocean-related fields. Shore-based or at-sea internships can include collaboration on ongoing projects or supporting expeditions and are available to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

Explore the mysteries of our oceans and atmosphere! Held at NOAA’s Seattle Sand Point facility each July, NOAA Science Camp offers hands-on science-learning opportunities for middle and high school students.

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Camp

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) provides NSF graduate fellows and graduate students supported by grants funded by NSF's Geosciences Directorate with internship opportunities at federal facilities. Here at NOAA, GRIP interns can grow professionally and build their network with a rewarding research experience.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship
Internship

Ocean Guardian Programs are designed to encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live. Find out more about the activity book, kids club and more.

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Event

The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program between PIFSC and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This program offers qualified participants professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests.

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) is a research organization that promotes collaborative research between scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a consortium of universities led by the University of Oklahoma (OU) on problems of mutual interest. Terms of appointment for this post-doctoral fellowship are for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance. An annual salary of $60,000 and research budget of $5,000 per year is included in the award, along with a modest relocation stipend. Successful applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. within the last five years.

Audience:
Postdoc
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Explore the interface between climate science and its applications. Find your niche in a range of settings across the United States.

PACE develops the pool of scientists working at the interface between climate science and its applications. The program helps bring advances in climate science into decision-making tools and frameworks while strengthening collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and sectors.

Audience:
Postdoc
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

NOAA offers a "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" award at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and at the local and regional U.S. science fairs that feed into ISEF. The award recognizes outstanding student projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.

Audience:
K-12 educators
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Events & conferences
Event

 

This research experience for undergraduates offers paid summer undergraduate research internships at Colorado State University in the Department of Atmospheric Science. Interns participate in a paid 10 week program from early June through early August. During the program interns have the opportunity to attend scientific seminars, visit national scientific laboratories, and participate in a variety of professional development training.

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship
Program

The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research & Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) promotes collaborative research between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and OU scientists and students on problems that improve the basic understanding of severe and high impact weather. This assistantship is $25,000-$30,000 (depending on discipline) for one year during pursuit of a masters degree at OU, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Sea Grant is a national network that consists of 34 university-based college programs around the U.S and the National Sea Grant Library. Sea Grant graduate opportunities provide hands-on research experiences, financial assistance, research funding, and professional development experiences in new careers.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship
Internship

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

Sea Grant is a national network that consists of 34 university-based college programs around the U.S and the National Sea Grant Library. Sea Grant undergraduate opportunities provide hands-on research experiences, financial assistance, research funding, and professional development experiences in new careers.

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship
Internship
Scholarship

The Shoals Marine Laboratory, with funding from New Hampshire Sea Grant offsite link, is offering a course for students on sustainable fisheries. Students will explore the theory and practice of fisheries sustainability through unique interactions with local fishermen and practitioners working in the Gulf of Maine.

Course dates: May 30, 2022 to June 13, 2022

Prerequisites: One semester of college-level biology.

Audience:
Undergraduate
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Program

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS participants, called protégés, spend up to four summers doing research in atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. NOAA's Climate Program Office supports protégés, and NOAA staff serve as SOARS mentors and instructors.

Contact: Laura Duggan, lallen@ucar.edu

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Program

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) invites undergraduate students from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana to participate in a 5-day, all-expenses-paid program designed to introduce students to the topic of climate adaptation and connect them with professionals in fields such as meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental sustainability, and public administration. SCIPP is part of a network of NOAA-funded climate hazards research teams known as the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, or RISA.

Important dates: The Academy will take place June 6-10, 2022. Applications are due by March 6, 2022.
Contact: Erica Kronenberger, ekronenberger@ou.edu

Audience:
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Program

This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

Audience:
Graduate
Opportunity Type:
Fellowship

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing the disciplines of fisheries science, marine biology, and STEM related fields, and is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Internship
Scholarship

Targets current undergraduate and graduate students to work on areas such as weather, climate and ocean modeling and forecasting, Earth system science, decision support tools, social science and operational products to support NOAA's weather, water and climate enterprise. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at NWS, OAR and NESDIS labs and offices nationwide. Applications due December 31.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program is an academic year remote internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, or students in a college-level certificate program, who are U.S. citizens and would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Students can choose a project within NOAA or other federal government agencies and complete their internship in a virtual setting.

Important dates: Applications are open annually during the month of July, internships begin in September and end in May.

Audience:
Graduate
Undergraduate
Opportunity Type:
Internship

The summer program for high school students gives young people a chance to learn about marine animals and environments, aquarium operations, and careers in marine science and related fields.

Audience:
K-12 students
Opportunity Type:
Internship